FullSizeRender (63)I was propped up on the couch with my feet in his lap with a soft blanket covering us as he shared the difficulty of his day. I listened intently as thoughts ran through my head as to how in the world this could happen AGAIN. You see, this is not the first time we have been faced with this difficulty. We lived through it before, and the flood of emotions were quick to return to surface as if it were yesterday. As he finished sharing the details he turned to ask me what I thought he should do. The old Gennie would have been quick to panic, shed some tears and grow angry with the circumstance. This time was different. This time I told him we needed to ask God that question. He was the one that saw us through the difficulties the first time, and He would be the one to see us through it again. I recalled God’s faithfulness. As we slipped into bed I asked for his hand. We gripped each other tight as I turned to our Heavenly Father and prayed. We laid it all down at his feet and God’s peace washed over me. He has us in the palm of His hands.

The next morning came and my man had to get up and face the trial head on. Even though we had laid it down, the hard work still had to be done. I reminded him that I would be praying for him throughout the day, and he was not alone. The same is true for you.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

FullSizeRender (64)What a promise! We have a God that goes BEFORE us, before we have ever taken a step into our situation He is there. He promises to stay with us. He won’t leave. He won’t fail. At the end of that encouraging verse are two important commands; DO NOT BE AFRAID and DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED. That’s what He requires of us, so are you ready to LIVE COURAGEOUSLY? Do you want to know what I think is the bravest prayer to pray? Here it is…THY WILL BE DONE, LORD! Surrendering to His plans and ways above our own is hard to do but oh the JOY when we find ourselves right in the middle of God’s very BEST! There’s nowhere else I’d rather be. So join me! Lay your burdens at His feet. Trust Him. Do not be afraid. Surrender to His will and GO where He leads!!!

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This week has been hard and exhausting in many ways, but it has been beautiful to experience His peace in the midst of the chaos. He is near, and we are grateful.

You all know me by now and my love for music. It speaks to my soul. This is my new favorite. Listen to the words. Be brave enough to speak them over your own life. Every word is beautiful and true. May it inspire and encourage you to LIVE COURAGEOUSLY! #truth #gloryup